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RAR is a compression program offering an original algorithm. This new way to compress files provides greater efficiency, and makes smaller archives -- especially on multimedia files and archives with many files. RAR also offers self-extracting capabilities as well as disk-spanning (or multi-volumes). RAR is the official RAR archive utility for OS X (offered as a command-line utility), especially useful while reading all those alt.binaries newsgroups.

To use the RAR command-line application, place the files in any folder on your hard drive, and call the utility by typing in the full path to the application (e.g., to run

What's New

Version 5.30:
  • Directory wildcards are allowed in RAR command line in file names to archive
  • New 'R' object for -sc switch defines encoding of console RAR messages sent to redirected files and pipes
  • Console RAR "l" and "v" commands display file time in YYYY-MM-DD format
  • "Test" command also verifies contents of NTFS alternate data streams in RAR 3.x - 5.x archives.


  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 131,468
Version Downloads 715
License Shareware
Date 09 Dec 2015
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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